As I sit at my desk I'm surrounded by a huge mess.  Those of you who have been in my office will know what I’m talking about.  I have a very bad habit of allowing things to gather.  I may even have some hoarding tendencies.  If it runs in the family, then it may very well be hereditary for me.  I have an uncle who has had more than one vehicle collapse under the weight of stuff he’s collected.  There are even shows that deal with this condition.  I’m not that bad and don’t intend to get that bad with help from family and friends, but it does make me think, “Why do folks hold onto things that need to be filed away or thrown away?”

Indecision may be part of the reason.  Maybe, I’m just not sure.  Being unable to "pull the trigger," "make the leap," "climb the hill," or whatever clichés there are for not being able to move or make a decision can cause small piles to become large heaps of trash.  Sometimes I think it’s because I really think “I need that” or “I could use that”.  Occasionally I do end up using it, but more often than not whatever it is sits there until I decide to throw it away or it grows legs and walks away on its own.

I do want to get better though, and at times you can actually see most of the top of my desk, just not now.  I’ve even considered building a closet in my office for my stuff, thinking that I could use more storage space.  Am I just in denial?  Seriously though, what is at the root of collective tendencies?  If we’re honest we all have stuff that we think we need at the time, but in reflection maybe it wasn’t as important as we thought.

Paul made mention of this in his letter to the Philippians.  He knew how it was to have plenty, or to have nothing.  Abundance or shortage didn’t matter to someone who had figured out what was most important.  I’m sure Jesus reminded him of what to hold tightly and what to let loose.  Jesus reminds us that we are not to store up treasures here but are to store up heavenly treasures in how we love God and others, and how our lives are reflections of that relationship.  As we approach the largest shopping season of the year, let’s remember to give with generous hearts, and to give what’s most important - Jesus!  May His Holy Spirit guide and direct your thoughts, speech, and actions as you near the celebration of His birth.  And let’s be thankful for the work He has done in us to clean up the messes we once were and to make us completely new!  Thanks for all your love and encouragement as we continue to live out our faith here in this church and community!  God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

“God saved you by his grace when you believed.  And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  Ephesians 2:8-10

In Christ’s Love,
Rob     Romans 12

ps. Thanks so much for the support, cards, gifts, and encouragement you gave to Denise and me during October.  We are truly blessed and feel your appreciation always.